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Art History degrees abroad

Art history is the academic study of visual images over time. It analyzes how art has both influenced, and been influenced by, social, cultural, and historical contexts.

You’ll study key artists, movements, themes, and techniques as you explore the role that art has played in societies throughout history. You’ll also learn how to interpret, analyze, and write about a variety of art forms. The skills you’ll develop on an art history program will prepare you for a successful career in the art sector and beyond.

By studying abroad, you’ll have the opportunity to visit and examine influential artwork in its original environment. Immersing yourself in a country’s art culture will help you grasp a clearer understanding of an artist’s intentions and purpose and enrich your education. You’ll meet inspiring people, visit beautiful destinations, and have a great deal of fun too.

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Art History program structure

You can study art history as an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. A BA will last three or four years, depending on where you decide to study. Many universities also offer combined honors courses so that you can study art history alongside another related subject. Typical pairings include foreign languages and social sciences.

If you’ve always dreamt of studying in the US, you’ll likely choose art history as your undergraduate major. In the American liberal arts system, students improve their general education, as well as pursuing a specific interest. As such, you’ll complete liberal arts modules in the first half of your degree, before focusing entirely on art history for the latter half.

Art history is a popular choice when it comes to master’s programs. An MA usually requires one year of full-time study, or two years of part-time learning. If you’re still keen to learn more, you can enroll in a PhD program which takes an average of five years to complete.

You’ll be taught through a mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars, and one-to-one tutorials. Some universities also arrange field trips to art galleries and museums so that students can take learning beyond the textbook.

Methods of assessment vary between modules, but exams, essays, written assignments, presentations, and practical projects usually feature.

The content covered in art history programs is heavily influenced by universities’ national and cultural settings. However, most courses around the world will include these core modules:

  • Historical concepts in art
  • Art theories and approaches
  • Aesthetics and philosophy of art
  • Art methods, form, and function
  • Principles of visual culture
  • Research techniques in art history
  • Medieval to contemporary art
  • Renaissance art

Art History study abroad programs

Art history undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in art history

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    Art & Visual Studie: Art History & Visual Culture - BA Whittier College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,924 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,924 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Art: Art History (Tempe Campus) - BA Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,760 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,760 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Art: Art History - BA Colorado State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,973 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Art and Art History - BA Oglethorpe University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    39,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,300 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Art History - BA/BFA Mount Allison University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,792 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,210 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in art history

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    Art History - AA-T Riverside City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,440 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,440 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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    Art History - AA Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,288 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,288 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Art History - AA North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,445 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,445 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Art History - AA-T Santa Monica College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,264 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,264 USD

    Start date
    August, January, February, June
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    Art History - AA College of the Desert, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Certificate in art history

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    Art History - Cert Langara College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,138 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Art history graduate programs

Master's in art history

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    Art History - MA American University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,596 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,596 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Art History - MA John Cabot University, Italy

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    15 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,695 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Art History - MA Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,893 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,670 NZD

    Start date
    September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August
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    Art History - MAAH Queen's University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,166 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Art History - MA McGill University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,439 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,728 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in art history

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    Art History - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    4,350 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May, June, July
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Future art history careers

An art history degree will arm you with a number of specific and transferable skills, including critical analysis, observation, and communication. Several career paths will open up for you, and many art history graduates go on to secure interesting roles, including:

  • Museum or gallery manager
  • Museum or gallery curator
  • Exhibitions officer
  • Conservator
  • Archivist
  • Arts administrator
  • Teacher
  • Art critic

Undertaking voluntary placements and internships is a great way of gaining experience and boosting your employability. Your university’s career service can support you with contacting local galleries and museums.